Content and structure of your studies

The GITM program is based on a similar modular structure that has become a standard way of looking at master’s programs in most business schools. Hence, your studies in the GITM program will consist of the following modules: Foundations, Core, Languages, Specialization, Capstone, and Master's Thesis. By carefully designing the content of these modules, the faculty is able to ensure that the students learn the intendned skills and competenes of the program. The structure does, however, also leave room for students personal choices and preferenes.

Foundations: If your prior degree doesn’t contain sufficient amount of studies in IS or in economics and business administration, courses in this module will help you in starting the program,. These studies are sometimes also referred to as supplementary studies. Students with sufficient prior studies do not need to take these courses.

Core: These are major subject courses which are compulsory for all students in the program. Courses in this module will provide you with latest knowledge on the IT management standards, practices and methods. They will also provide you an understaning of the ways how business units, IT units, and IT consulting/supplier companies collaborate to improve IT value for businesses and consumers. The three courses in this module are:

  • Management of IT services
  • Management of IS projects
  • Software Business.

For a closer description of these course contents, select “Courses” on the menu to the left.

Languages: Because IT industry and profession is inherently global, multinational competence is one of the key intended learning outcomes of the GITM program. For this purpose, we have decided to have language and communication studies as a compulsory part in our program. Courses in English will assist you in improving your communication skills and your academic writing skills. You will also have a chance to participate in Finnish classes. If you already master some foreign language, there may be options to further improve your skills in that particular language.

Specialization (Minor + Optional studies): In the GITM program, you can choose from two specialization alternatives: IT management or software business.

Specialization on IT management: This specialization aims at jobs that you’ll find in IT units of large international companies, or in consulting firms that provide services for such companies. Your minor subject, international business, will assist you in gaining a deep understanding of the management and business operations of large international companies. By carefully selecting your optional courses, you can improve your skills in specific IS management tasks, e.g. Management of IT architecture and/or IT security management.

Specialization on software business: This specialization aims at entrepreneur, managerial or professional jobs in software companies or eBusiness. Your minor subject, entrepreneurship, will provide you deep knowledge on issues related to the growth and internationalization of SMEs. By carefully selecting your optional courses, you can acquire additional IS skills that you’ll need when working in different types of software companies, e.g. courses on IS games, mobile and e-business, IS usability testing or IT security management. But you may also strengthen your skills in other areas of business management by selecting courses from business subjects, related to e.g. legislation on intellectual property rights, digital marketing, international management, international business negotiations, etc.

Capstone (optional): Generally speaking, a capstone course refers to a course where you apply your knowledge to a specific task or problem and by presenting your results to faculty other students. Often the assignment is given by a company and the work is done in groups of students with differing educational backgrounds. We have not required this as a compulsory, because the master’s thesis process in Finland has elements that are very similar, e.g. company assignment and presentation of results. But there is a possibility to join some of the capstone courses offered in Turku University and Åbo Akademi and we strongly encourage our students to consider participating in one of those.

Thesis and research methods: In Finland, a completed master’s degree means that you are eligible to apply to doctoral programs. Like most master’s programs in Finland, also GITM requires you to take a scientific research methods course that supports you in writing the thesis. Master’s thesis comprises a review of scientific literature on a topic selected by the student. In most cases, it also includes the description of empirical research that the student has carried out for thesis. You will get support and feedback for completing your thesis from your supervisor and from the other students who participate in the master’s thesis seminar.

Please note, that there are additional rules that need to be considered while you design your personal study plan. The individual courses offered by different subjects can change. Also your prior degree affects your studies. The personal study plan for you will be defined, when you enter the program.